PATRICK VIEIRA warned Cristiano Ronaldo that he will never be bigger than his club Juventus after the star’s substitution tantrum.
Ronaldo shouted “what the f***?” at Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, before leaving the Allianz Stadium early and potentially risking a two-year ban.
“This shows how difficult it is to be a coach.
“Ronaldo is of different class, together with Messi and Neymar, they are the image of football today.
“It’s important to understand why he is unhappy.
“From the outside, it seems like he is going through a difficult period.”
Arsenal legend Vieira, manager of French side Nice, isn’t surprised at the success of his former club Juventus and believes Ronaldo will return to form.
Ronaldo has scored only once in his last five appearances for Juve and is failing to hit the heights of last season when he scored 21 goals in Serie A.
It was initially thought that Ronaldo had told Sarri to “go away” but it has been revealed that he swore in his manager’s direction.
Ex-Chelsea coach Sarri denied reports of a rift with Ronaldo and suggested he was substituted due to a lingering knee injury which is causing the player’s frustration.
Ronaldo stormed past manager Maurizio Sarri straight down the tunnel[/caption]
Ronaldo’s replacement Paulo Dybala was the match winner as he went on to score the only goal of the game in Juventus’ 1-0 win over the Rossoneri.
The result saw the Bianconeri, who are chasing their ninth consecutive league title, return to the top of Serie A, just one point above Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan.
But Ronaldo’s club team-mates are unimpressed with his actions and have demanded that he apologises for leaving the stadium early.
The petulant behaviour of senior player Ronaldo has left many of his colleagues demanding a personal apology and recognition of wrongdoing before he is willingly welcomed back into the fold.
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Juventus have decided against issuing Ronaldo, who flew straight out to Portugal to join up with his national side, with a fine.
Manager Sarri said: “If Cristiano left before the end, it’s a problem he will have to solve with his companions.”
The international break may allow some time for tensions to ease, with Portugal facing Lithuania and Luxembourg in their final Euro 2020 qualifiers.
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